Jan. 24, 1998

UMass-Lowell Defeats Providence, 5-1

Friars Fall to 6-7-1 in HOCKEY EAST Action

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The UMass-Lowell River Hawks defeated the Providence College Friars, 5-1, Saturday, Jan. 24 in HOCKEY EAST action at PC's Schneider Arena.

UMass-Lowell tallied the first goal of the game when Doug Nolan broke down the left wing and deposited the puck in the net after beating a PC defenseman at 4:11 of the first period. Chris Bell increased the River Hawk lead to 2-0 with his eighth goal of the season at 17:29 of the first. The Friars got on the scoreboard with 1:03 remaining in the first period as Mike Farrell one timed a pass from behind the net that beat UMass-Lowell netminder Scott Fankhouser

The River Hawks took control of the game in the second period on goals by Mike Nicholishen, Wil Tormey and Bell. Jeremy Kyte won the faceoff back to Nicholishen who sent a high slap shot into the net that beat PC goaltender Boyd Ballard to the glove side at 9:13. Tormey increased UMass-Lowell's lead to 4-1 with a low shot from the point that eluded Ballard through a screen at 10:35. Bell finished the scoring in the second as he broke in and scored on a backhander at the 18:31 mark.

Fankhouser registered 30 saves in the win for the River Hawks. Ballard and Mark Kane combined to make 19 stops for Providence.

With the win UMass-Lowell improved to 9-9-3 overall and 6-5-3 in HOCKEY EAST action, while Providence dropped to 12-9-2 overall and 6-7-1 in league play.

Providence College will return to action on Friday, Jan. 30 at UMass-Amherst at 7:00 p.m.

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